Author: David Bennett

Reflections in the mirror of your mind: a very brief guide to self-mastery

What do you think of, when you think of reflection?  A crisp likeness in a mirror?  How about an indistinct, distorted but recognisable image staring back at us seemingly from beneath the surface of a body of clear, still water? 

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Learning to love working from home (post-lockdown)

Now that the lockdown is easing, it is easier to adapt to some time-honoured practices for working at home successfully, including changing your scene occasionally.  Many coffee shops are offering a government subsidy Monday-Wednesday each week, so why not  pop

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Take a virtual tour of your socially distanced library

Thinking of popping into the Library but not sure what to expect?  Take a virtual tour first from the comfort of your home.

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Writing up a dissertation: four tips for success

Writing up a dissertation can feel very different from writing a normal assignment because it is simply so much longer.  Happily, there are several tricks and tips to make this Herculean project more manageable. Start with the end in mind

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Returning books

A number of you have contacted us asking how you can return books having left Portsmouth. Please don’t worry! We hope to set up a freepost scheme to allow you to return books free of charge from wherever you are

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The Library reopens!

We are delighted to have reopened the Library at midday today (Monday 27 July).  We are operating shorter opening hours than usual. Because we have to maintain social distancing and ensure the library service is COVID-19 secure,  some services and

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The British Library reading rooms have re-opened!

The British Library has now partially reopened its reading rooms at both London St Pancras and Boston Spa in Yorkshire. All visits must be booked in advance using the British Library’s online ‘box office’ system.  While you can still get scanned

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EDINA Digimap OSNI license expires

Have you downloaded any data from the Digimap OSNI (Northern Ireland Ordnance Survey) collection?  If so, Digimap want it back!  Or at least, they want you to delete it all by 31 July 2020 because this is when their license

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Working on something over the summer? We’re still here to help!

Whether you are ploughing through your dissertation, working on a deferred assessment or having a second run at something that didn’t go to plan the first time, don’t forget that your friendly library team are here to help. If you

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Time to make a backup copy of any DawsonEra ebook notes!

You might have already heard that Dawson have gone into administration.  Happily, the rights to the collections of this major ebook supplier have all been bought by another publisher and are being added to their platform as I write.  There

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